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Nader: Obama Is Trying To Talk White

From the archives of the Rocky Mountain News:

Nader: Obama trying to ‘talk white’

By M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News
Published June 25, 2008

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to "talk white" and appealing to "white guilt" during his run for the White House.

Nader, a thorn in the Democratic Party’s side since the 2000 presidential election, has taken various shots at Obama in recent days while ramping up his latest independent run for president.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Rocky Mountain News on Monday, he said he is running because he believes Democrats, like Republicans, are too closely aligned with corporate interests.

Economic exploitation

Nader was asked if Obama is any different than Democrats he has criticized in the past, considering Obama’s pledge to reject campaign contributions from registered lobbyists.

"There’s only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He’s half African-American," Nader said. "Whether that will make any difference, I don’t know. I haven’t heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What’s keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn’t want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We’ll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards."

The Obama campaign had only a brief response, calling the remarks disappointing.

Asked to clarify whether he thought Obama does try to "talk white," Nader said: "Of course.

"I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas, and have a very detailed platform about how the poor is going to be defended by the law, is going to be protected by the law, and is going to be liberated by the law," Nader said. "Haven’t heard a thing."

"We are obviously disappointed with these very backward-looking remarks," Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said

‘Appeal to white guilt’

Nader said he is not impressed with Obama and that he does not see him campaigning often enough in low-income, predominantly minority communities where there is a "shocking" amount of economic exploitation.

He pointed to issues like predatory lending, shortages of health care and municipal resources, environmental issues and others.

"He wants to show that he is not a threatening . . . another politically threatening African-American politician," Nader said. "He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he’s coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it’s corporate or whether it’s simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up."

Again, this mentality is pervasive throughout the left, even its radical fringe.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Nader: Obama Is Trying To Talk White”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    Rush, are you going to blend McNabb, Vick, and Romo into the discussion?

  2. Right of the People says:

    Nader is a real whackadoodle but in this case a useful whackadoodle. Next thing you know we’ll have Howlin’ Howie Dean slamming the Bamster. The next 10 months could be entertaining as we watch the Democraps eat their young.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    And Ralph is trying to talk like a sane person. What’s his point?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Ralph should have said, “Obama’s white half is trying to talk honky. The black half is trying to talk white.”

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